A friend and I managed a walk up Ben Lomond a couple of weekends ago, one of the more popular peaks in the Scottish Highlands. We were not short of fellow travellers, with the mountain being quite busy.
I managed a couple of nice shots on the way up and on the way back down, but sadly the top was just cloud! Ah well, an excuse to do it again in better weather (although I’m not sure there is such a thing as ‘better weather’ in the Scottish highlands…) This shot was my favourite from the day, I think it captures the drama of being up there in the clouds pretty well.
The weekend before last a friend and I climbed The Cobbler in the Western Scottish Highlands – believe it or not, this stunning view from the highest point on The cobbler – Ben Arthur and Arthur’s Seat – is only an hour and ten minute journey from Glasgow by train to Arrochar and Tarbet station (plus a few hours climb uphill).
The prominent rock in the picture is Arthur’s Seat, not to be confused with the peak of the same name in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Many places in the UK are named after the Mythical King Arthur, whose existence is the subject of debate, as most of the information we have about Arthur comes from folklore.
The loch on the right of the picture is Loch Long, a sea loch which filters out into the Firth of Clyde, south past the Ayrshire Bay and out into the Irish Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, depending on which direction it travels.
More photos from this trip to come!
As always, thanks for visiting 🙂
After deciding it probably wasn’t a good idea to climb another mountain because of the snow, we took a trip up to Loch Ard in The Trossachs. In the distance is Ben Lomond, which I’m hoping to climb soon, although I think I’ll need to get myself some crampons, an ice axe and some training on how to use them.
The River Nevis in Glen Nevis Near Fort William in the West Highlands. You can just see the Nevis range in in the background with the river leading up to it.
These are a couple of pictures from Glen Nevis near Fort William in the West Scottish Highlands, taken from the path up to Ben Nevis about a month ago when there was still a lot of snow in the Highlands. One of these mountains (the one on the left, I think) is the Devil’s Ridge. The mountains looked amazing with their snowcapped peaks, the picture doesn’t do it justice unfortunately. We made it about a third of the way to the summit of Ben Nevis, but being novices and not having enough proper equipment we only made it a little past the snow line before it became apparent that going any further was probably not the best idea.
So, that’s sorted my mission for the summer; climb Ben Nevis!
This is another picture from back in September when we were driving about the West Highlands. This road is built on pillars and snakes around the mountains to either side.
This picture is from a couple of months back when visited Glencoe in the West Scottish Highlands, I actually thought I had posted it already but apparently not! This was taken shortly after sun rise, one of the only clear mornings we had while we were there.
Glencoe from the edge of Loch Leven
Another couple of pics from Glencoe, this time looking north across Loch Leven from an old slate pier I found while out wandering. I think the tide was out as I was there the night before and there definitely seemed to be more water… Pretty beautiful nonetheless. These shots were taken not long after sunrise, the light was stunning.
The view across to the north side of Loch Leven, Glencoe
Glencoe Village from the edge of Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands
Last weekend me and my other half took a much needed trip out to the highlands for a break. We were originally meant to be going to London, but the plans got abandoned and so we ended up in Glencoe village, which is pretty much the exact opposite of London!
Glencoe Village sits on the edge of Loch Leven, and has some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, even with the rubbish weather this time of year. It was my first visit, but I’ll definitely be back. For anyone thinking of going up I would recommend the Glencoe Hotel, it’s nothing fancy but the food is great and the staff were all really nice. There are a couple of negative reviews on Tripadviser, but we got the room for a cheap deal on 5pm.com and couldn’t have been happier. I think people who go to the highlands and moan about the size of their room or the view from their window are missing the point. Go outside and explore, stop sitting in the hotel!
I’m away with the lady to Glencoe for the weekend, here’s a quick phone snap from the layby just after Tyndrum on the road North. I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful country.
Hopefully have some DSLR pics uploaded soon.
I have some pics of Belfast to upload as well. I take to many pictures and don’t post nearly enough of them…